In spite of its inclusion of 25 songs made famous by Elvis Presley, the jukebox musical All Shook Up is about as King-like as those innocuous movies Elvis made in the ‘60s, like “Tickle Me” and “Girl Happy.” This Joe DiPetro-written show draws much more on its other inspiration, Shakespeare’s comedy of romancing and masquerading, Twelfth Night. Everybody loves (or lusts) for somebody sometime in All Shook Up, which kicks off Moonlight Stage Production’s 2015 summer season. The good-natured confusion about who the somebodies are, coupled with a likable cast, distinguishes this Moonlight show. Too many of the Elvis songs, on the other hand, come off as watered down, with only ballads like “Follow That Dream” a good fit for the story. Interestingly enough as well for a show channeling Elvis, the most electric performances are delivered by actresses Vonetta Mixson, Tracy Lore and Christine Hewitt.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat